Winter is back! Okay, it's not as *back* as the above photo suggests; dont worry, the photo is from last year. But we've already had snow and the season is just getting started. And when it's cold outside, we still like to go out and play. And so if this is your family's first Canada winter, we've got some advice about how to dress your children warmly for winter weather so playing outside is still a lot of fun.
1) A warm coat: The thicker the better. Warmer coats are often more expensive, but the cost can be worth it. And you can usually get a great deal by picking up coats second-hand. Check out Value Village or any kids clothing consignment store.
2) Snowpants: These usually come with the winter coat, although you can also purchase them separately. Snowpants keep the wind out and mean that when children come in from outdoor play and peel off their layers, the clothes underneath are usually dry.
3) Boots: A good pair of boots will keep toes warm and socks dry. Remember to bring indoor shoes for children to change into.
4) Mittens: A good parenting tip I learned is to buy a whole bunch of cheap mittens and keep them in a basket. Children will spend all winter long losing one mitten and then the other, so it's always good to have some spares on hand.
5) A Neckwarmer: More portable than a scarf and safer too, a neckwarm keeps the wind off one's collar. Not essential but nice to have.
6) A Hat: There is a brief window in childhood (post baby and before preteen) in which children are actually willing to wear their winter hats. Take advantage of this with something that covers the ears. And with a hood pulled up over a warm hat, the child inside can expect to be snuggly warm.
7) Finally, try to ensure that all roads lead to hot chocolate. With marshmallows.